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William Sherman, son of William Sherman, was born in Marshfield, Massachusetts, April 19, 1672, and followed the farming in his native town. He married Mary White, daughter of Peregrine White, the first white child born in the Plymouth colony, born December, 1620, on board the "Mayflower," son of William and Ann (Fuller) White. The descendants of William Sherman are not only descendants of three Pilgrim ancestors through Peregrine White and his parents but also through the wife of Peregrine, Sarah Bassett, daughter of William and Elizabeth Bassett. William Bassett, an Englishman, was married August 13, 1611, to Margaret Oldham, at Leyden, Holland, where he lived with the Pilgrims. His first wife was Cecil Light as shown by the Dutch records at Leyden. Bassett was admitted a freeman at Plymouth, 1633; resided at Duxbury and represented the town in the general court. He was a gunsmith by trade. He resided at Sandwich, Massachusetts, n 1650, and later at Bridgwater. Peregrine White was a prominent citizen of the Plymouth colony; died 1667; his wife died January 20, 1711; they have a numerous posterity. Children of William and Mary (White) Sherman: 1. Thankful, born April 4, 1690, married 1726, Robert Atkins. 2. Samuel, born May 8, 1701, married Adam Hall. 3. Mary (twin), born June 6, 1711. 4. Abigail (twin), born June 6, 1711. 5. John, born July 19, 1720, mentioned below. 6. Anthony, born December 21, 1722.
Cutter, William Richard. Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Vol IV. Lewis Historical Publishing company, 1908. pg. 1475